I notice Reading Minster Church was recently given an award by www.treesforcities.org . I applaud your efforts to increase the number of trees planted, and other eco initiatives on your website. But Minster Church weren’t planting native trees, they included including Holm Oak (Southern Europe), Serbian Spruce (Serbia), Yew, American Small Leaved Lime (USA) and Calley pear (presumably the Callery Pear from China).
Isn’t it best to utilise native tree and shrub seedlings from a locally adapted seed source because:
- They are better adapted to local extremes in weather and to local conditions
- They provide superior native wildlife habitat
- They are less likely to be stressed than none native plants
- They are more resistant to insect and disease attacks
- They are a link to our natural heritage
And were not a city, but our Council seem to act as if we were.
not to mention the environmental cost of transporting trees and the loss of natural environment impact on insects and animals.